Bandaru Dattatreya started his career with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He was a pracharak before joining the BJP.
Positions held :
1980 - Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.), Andhra Pradesh.
1981 - 1989:General-Secretary, B.J.P., Andhra Pradesh.
1991: Elected to 10th Lok Sabha (Member, Public Accounts Committee and Committee on Welfare of SCs, STs and Minorities)
1996 - 1998:President, B.J.P., Andhra Pradesh.
1998:Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term).
1998 - 1999:Union Minister of State, Urban Development .
1999:Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term) .
13 October 1999 - 14 June 2000:Union Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development .
14 June 2000 - 30 June 2002:Union Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.
1 July 2002 - 2004:Union Minister of State, Ministry of Railways.
2014- Elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Secunderabad Constituency.
2014- BJP National Vice-President
2014- Chairman : committee on OBC's welfare
He was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment from 2014 to 1 September 2017. On 24 may 2018 his young boy Died due to heart attack when he was eating dinner with whole family.